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# 136746 7-Dec-2013 17:09
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As we now have smartphones and tablets, I haven't got a tablet yet, maybe when my laptop breaks which is a 2007 model I got in 2010 and when I need to have a tablet.  Are you guys still using it much? 

For myself.  I use it for digital photography which is a must with the larger screen and not to blow the bank balance on a laptop but pretty much I only use it to surf news site, social media and is about it - aparty from job applications where the keyboard can come in handy and the few correspondence with various stuff like banks etc.  Not shy to admit that apart from 1 or 2 individuals I've pretty much replaced email with IM apps such as WeChat and WhatsApp and natively they don't install on a desktop PC. 

Should my laptop breaks, it's going to the landfill, don't see myself ever getting another.

Edit - as we know it things are getting online with the ability to sync so many stuff like cloud drives, emails, calendar, tasks, online videos, an online history footprint.  A computer is now do dispoable.  It's like hiring a hotel for a few nights.  While I used and still use MS Outlook desktop and archive my emails I think when my Office 2010 Academic comes to a practical end I won't purchase Outlook (Commercial) or the Outlook standalone just to get it.  I guess times just have to move on.  While I try to defer a total movement towards Google, I find Outlook web services less powerful but easier to use and more visual pleasing.  But ... with all these Google phones and tablets, it is about embracing Google to make the best out of it ....

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  # 947144 7-Dec-2013 17:11
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yep i use desktop for work and browsing/torrents streaming to tv etc and tablet while watching tv/in bed

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  # 947147 7-Dec-2013 17:13
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I use a laptop for the internet, and my old desktop for old programs that I still use (it's no longer internet enabled).

I don't own a smartphone or tablet.



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  # 947151 7-Dec-2013 17:24
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I've owned a smartphone since 2010 and use it daily, but I still use my desktop daily too. I also bought a tablet in 2011 and sold it again; I simply didn't use it. Despite people saying "the PC is dying", it definitely still has its place.

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  # 947152 7-Dec-2013 17:25
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I use desktop at work, and then multiple desktops during the weekend for doing things at home, but during the week its just my MacBook Pro and what ever pocket device I come across.

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  # 947166 7-Dec-2013 17:58
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I use a desktop for productivity stuff, and a tablet / laptop for consuming. I replaced my laptop with a surface tablet, because it still does otulook/word/ excell, which ipads don't do. Laptops I think are on the way out, unless they become a hybrid tablet, and they can decrease the keyboard size so it is thin and light.

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  # 947172 7-Dec-2013 18:07
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I use the desktop and laptop PC's heaps, the smartphone probably a lot more, and the tablet almost never.


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  # 947174 7-Dec-2013 18:09
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It's all about using the right tool for the job, I most certainly still do use my desktop PC!


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  # 947178 7-Dec-2013 18:19
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insane: It's all about using the right tool for the job, I most certainly still do use my desktop PC!

Yep, a desktop is useful for a number of tasks.

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  # 947186 7-Dec-2013 18:49
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I only use my desktop PC for fixing other desktop pc's. Things like ghosting drives, testing ram etc
AND using it like a server to host network services and lots of storage (hard drives). A few months ago I even took the graphics card out of the desktop system as I never use it anymore.

I now play all my games (all three of them - as I don't have time to play games anymore) on my laptop, and occasionally plug my laptop into the desktop screen, using it like a desktop computer.

The tablet and smart phone see as much use or more than any of the 'legacy; systems.

The Missus hasn't touched her laptop in years, since she got an iPad. But doesn't need to do any real work on it. The few times shes needed to update her CV or something shes spent 20 minutes on the desktop pc.

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  # 947192 7-Dec-2013 19:01
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I have a tablet, a smartphone, a laptop and an iMac. I would use my my iMac about 50%.

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  # 947271 7-Dec-2013 20:53
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I use my desktop daily and wouldn't be without it. I also have a smartphone and iPad. I use the iPad far more than I ever expected to and it made my laptop redundant. 

I've got a really grunty desktop that's used for productivity and gaming. I can't imagine gaming without a desktop and a good-sized monitor. 

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  # 947277 7-Dec-2013 21:04
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I have an Android Tablet, Surface, Smart Phone, Laptop and Desktop. Out of all of them, the desktop gets the most use, with the smartphone and surface coming in 2nd and 3rd. 

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  # 947280 7-Dec-2013 21:13
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i use my PC everyday and couldn't do without it, i have a tablet and havent used it in weeks. i find i hate small screens, they just annoy me . I read at over 1000 words a minute and the small screen cant keep up, a 24 " monitor can.

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 947288 7-Dec-2013 21:39
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i have a (old and outdated now) gaming pc that I am sitting at right now. My wife has a laptop and we also have an ipad.

i use my desktop 100% of the time. my wife uses her lappy 95% and the ipad 5% (maybe less tbh)

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  # 947561 8-Dec-2013 17:34
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I have a desktop computer on my desk in my bedroom, with an hdmi cable going to the 42" plasma at the end of the bed for watching TV. I hardly ever use the computer at the desk.

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